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You're Wearing THAT to School?! Hardcover – June 25, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423155106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423155102
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-This gentle picture book delivers its message with a minimum of didacticism. Outgoing, optimistic, and original, Penelope, a hippo, is excited about starting school. Her retiring friend Tiny, a mouse, is a pessimistic first-grader determined to prevent what he expects would be gaffes on her first day. Penelope plans to wear her favorite outlandish outfit, bring her well-worn stuffed toy for show-and-tell, and pack a picnic lunch. Tiny quashes her cheerful plans, dialing her down to jeans and a T-shirt, a rock, and PB&J. Undeterred, the hippo ignores Tiny's advice and shows up at the bus stop dressed as she originally planned. At school, they separate, rejoining for lunch. The lunchroom doors open in a double gatefold to reveal a blanket full of kindergarteners of various species, all sporting wild outfits and eating picnic food. (Some "stuffies" are in evidence as well.) Penelope declares the first day of school fun, and Tiny agrees. The text reads aloud smoothly, with Tiny's repeated, dismayed "Oh, no, no!" inviting participation. The brightly colored cartoon animals are appealingly cuddly looking. Pictorial thought bubbles are an effective device, and exuberant Penelope tends to fill full-color single pages and spreads. Cornelison is a master of facial expressions, displaying the characters' emotions for all to see. "Tips for a Hippo Happy First Day of School" are appended. Although plenty of starting-school books are available, this is a pleasant addition where more are needed.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

A timid mouse and an over-the-top hippo are a year apart in age, giving the older friend an intellectual advantage. So Tiny the mouse decides to be his friend Penelope’s advisor in properly navigating the first day of school. A feather boa and tutu are definitely not good attire. Ditto packing an extravagant picnic. And bringing a beloved stuffed animal to show-and-tell just isn’t done. Tiny convinces Penelope that not standing out is important. Or does he? When a spread opens up like a door to reveal Penelope’s young classmates enjoying the same things she enjoys, Tiny finds himself agreeing that fun is definitely an important component of school, too. Feathery rainbow colors and expressive, cute creatures will draw readers in, though a concluding list of tips for a “Hippo Happy First Day of School” seems like overkill. Since the demand for books on this topic is always high when fall rolls around, this is a sure bet for plenty of checkouts. Preschool-Grade 1. --Karen Cruze

More About the Author

Lynn Plourde is the author of numerous kids' books. Most are funny, but some will make you cry. She's a word-player: highfalutin fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foopling. She even makes up words: shmuffle, rizzle, and puckery-smuckery. She's written about those who inspire: a biography of Margaret Chase Smith and a graphic novel about Donn Fendler and his miraculous survival saga. She's a teaching author who has done hundreds of visits to schools where she shares her books interactively, acts some out as plays, and teaches writing mini-lessons (i.e. copycat stories, problem stories, character stories, fables, graphic novel scenes). Having worked more than two decades as a speech-language therapist, Lynn utilizes the knowledge of sounds and instructional skills she gained from that earlier profession in her career as a kids' book author. Lynn is a native Mainer who frequently uses her home state as inspiration when writing about moose, muddy ruds, the four seasons, Mount Katahdin, and being "at one" with nature. She lives in Winthrop, Maine, with her husband. You can learn more about her at her website:

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By TXSarah on February 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My four year old enjoys this book. The pictures are lovely and brightly colored. Since she's starting Kindergarten soon, she enjoys any story about starting school. After reading this book we talked about "being yourself" and that you don't have to change for people to like you.
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By Akidsbooklover on February 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift, and I can't stand reading it to my daughter. She likes the pictures and the little mouse. It is pretty and fun to look at. However, the mouse Tiny, the main character's "best friend", spends the entire book telling her what she can and can't do, basically telling her all the reasons why she's not good enough the way she is... how she'll get picked on in school for being herself. I get what the author was going for....he was trying to help her fit in at school. The message is ok at the end, but misses. All of her classmates like her for who she is. But Tiny never seems to learn HIS lesson. Despite putting her down through the entire book, she still refers to him as her best friend. He's just plain mean. Not something I want my kid learning about friendship.
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